Seventeen years after taking home the Best Original Song Academy Award for his chart-topping ‘8 Mile’ soundtrack hit, ‘Lose Yourself,’ rapper Eminem stunned viewers at last night’s Academy Awards when he performed the tune for the first time at the ceremony (February 9).
Accompanied by an orchestra (as we reported here), the energetic showing ended with a rousing standing ovation – a response also gifted to the stirring performance rendered by Tony/Grammy/Emmy-winner Cynthia Erivo. The 33-year-old, on hand as a nominee in this year’s Best Original Song and Best Actress categories for her work on the biographical film about Harriet Tubman, brought the house down with her soaring rendition of ‘Stand Up’ from the movie’s accompanying soundtrack.
Yet, while she walked away empty-handed from the venue (losing in both categories), peruse of the most updated iTunes sales charts are proving her a winner there.
iTunes Sales Charts
As of time reported, Erivo and Em (born Marshall Mathers III) – despite being two of many musical performers at the awards show – are the only ones mentioned on the most updated iTunes sales charts’ top 20. In fact, Mathers is currently reigning atop the tally with a nearly 20-year-old song.
Elsewhere, Cynthia’s ‘Stand’ – released October 2019 – was a critical hit upon its arrival but, as it’s yet to place on the Billboard Hot 100, had not previously mirrored that success commercially. It’s #5 position on current iTunes charts suggests that could change next week.